Original title: Käärinliinat
Class/genre: Crime & Thriller
Shrouds is a gripping novel about the power of the human mind as well as a merciless depiction of the harshness of life at a mental institution.
Thirty-year-old Mikael is assigned as the designated nurse of an elderly male patient in the closed ward of a mental hospital. The patient has committed an inexplicable murder, and has since retreated into a strange Egyptian counter-world, haughtily propagating his death cult through eerily hypnotic sermons. Mikael struggles to understand his patient, but due to his own life situation he fails to remain professionally detatched. His colleagues offer no help: dark cynicism dominates the everyday life of the hospital. The reader gradually finds out more about the patient as the old man’s wartime experiences unfold through a series of dramatic flashbacks, presenting one possible explanation for the onset of his disease. However, Hautala is too subtle and mature to offer a single cut-and-dry solution.
ITALY, Newton Compton